A Planet-Eating Sun
The Hubble space telescope has discovered a planet in our galaxy in the process of being devoured by the star that it orbits, according to a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
The doomed planet, dubbed WASP-12b, has the highest known surface temperature of any planet in the Milky Way — around 1,500 degrees Celsius (2,800 degrees Fahrenheit).
WASP-12b, more than 300 times the size of Earth, has the highest known surface temperature of any planet in the Milky Way. It also has a mass 40-percent greater than that of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system. It could be enveloped by its own parent star over the next ten million years, the paper’s authors have concluded. It is so close to its parent star that it orbits it in little more than 24 hours. Astronomers already knew that stars will swallow a planet that comes too close to it, but this is the first time that the phenomenon has been observed so clearly.
“Toward the face of the Menorah he kindled its lamps.” (Numbers 8:3) Rabbi Noach of Ka’arov (Kav Chein) explains that the purpose of the Service of God is to always practice living on the middle path. We should not go too far to the right, nor, too far to the left. We must always be focused on the center. We should not move too far away from the Source of Light, not attempt to come too close, lest we be swallowed up by the Light.
As they say in many holy books, “V’hamaivin yavin,” – One who has understanding will understand!
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